June 2011 Vol. 3 Issue 6

Abstracts & Commentary

Serum Phospholipids and Prostate Cancer Risk

by Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO  Levels of DHA were higher among high-grade cases compared with controls. Levels of TFA 18:1 and 18:2 were significantly lower among high-grade cases compared with controls. There were no other significant differences in the remaining phospholipids between control and cancer groups.

Cell Phone Exposure Shown to Increase Brain Glucose Metabolism

by Jennifer Brusewitz, ND  For years, medical experts and scientists have voiced concerns regarding the questionable safety of cell phone use, but even with the evidence mounting, this alluring technology is hard to resist. Humankind's increasing use of cell phones, 5 billion users worldwide, necessitates a thorough, unbiased look at the risks.

Probiotic bacteria lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM and bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 in functional bowel disorders

by Barry W. Ritz, PhD  The combination of L-NCFM and B-LBi07 probiotic strains at 1x1011 CFU BID effectively manipulates the microbiota in subjects with FBDs and may provide a clinical benefit by reducing the severity of bloating symptoms in patients diagnosed with non-constipation IBS, functional diarrhea, or functional bloating.

Green Tea and L-Theanine in Mild Cognitive Impairment

by Jacob Schor, ND, FABNO  Green tea, and especially l-theanine, should be added to a growing list of possible therapies for treating early Alzheimer's disease. Although the improvements measured in this study were modest, these data taken in context with other studies create a convincing argument that L-theanine with green tea polyphenols and caffeine provide clinical benefit.

Interviews with Experts

Canadian Researcher Michael Lyon, MD, Explains the Role PolyGlycopleX Can Play in Reversing Obesity

by Natural Medicine Journal Volatile blood sugar variations throughout the day can be linked to increased obesity. Researcher Dr. Michael Lyon describes how his Center uses continuous glucose monitoring to gauge the effectiveness of a special viscous fiber.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Acupuncture: Bottom-line Monograph

by Natural Standard The practice of acupuncture originated in China 5,000 years ago. Today it is widely used throughout the world and is one of the main pillars of Chinese medicine. There are many different varieties of the practice of acupuncture, both in the Orient and in the West. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) usually combines acupuncture with Chinese herbs. Classical acupuncture (also known as five element acupuncture) uses a different needling technique and relies on acupuncture independent of the use of herbs. Japanese acupuncture uses smaller needles than the other varieties. Medical acupuncture refers to acupuncture practiced by a conventional medical doctor. Auricular acupuncture treats the entire body through acupuncture points in the ears only. Electroacupuncture uses electrical currents attached to acupuncture needles.

Alpha Tocopheryl Succinate in Cancer Care

by Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO  dl-alpha tocopheryl succinate (aTOS) is an analogue of alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) with unique biological properties. Unlike its parent compound, aTOS does not have a redox potential and is therefore not an antioxidant. Its ability to prolong cell cycle arrest, induce apoptosis, and act as a radiosensitizer make aTOS a compound of great interest in integrative cancer care. In vitro and in vivo evidence suggests it is capable of simultaneously protecting normal cells from chromosomal damage while potentiating cytotoxicity of conventional therapies.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Second Edition of "Natural Approach to Gastroenterology" by Eric Yarnell, ND

by Jennifer Ito, ND  The newly released second edition, now titled Natural Approach to Gastroenterology, by Eric Yarnell, ND, is a major step forward not only to naturopathic education, but to the field of gastroenterology and the healthcare profession as a whole. Yarnell's book has been marketed as a resource for both the student and the busy clinician, though it is, first and foremost, a textbook, this review will focus on it's clinical utility.In addition to the material of obvious clinical utility, there is also much in this text impractical for daily clinical practice but illustrative for students.

Healthcare Perspectives

Multidisciplinary Consortium Develops Optimal Practices for Integration Era

by Elizabeth Marglin After a lengthy collaborative process that began in September 2009 and involved academic leaders from acupuncture, ayurveda, naturopathy, massage, midwifery, homeopathy, yoga therapy, and chiropractic, the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care has endorsed what it calls the Competencies for Optimal Practice in Integrated Environments.

The Science Summit Debuts at AANP Show

by Carlo Calabrese, ND, MPH  The first naturopathic Science Summit focusing on health policy will be held on August 16, the day before the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Annual Convention at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The Science Summit will bring together naturopathic clinicians, researchers, and leaders of academic and professional associations, as well as industry, to address the profession's impact on health policy and policy-makers and the role research plays in supporting policy-changing efforts.

Quality Standards

On-site Audits

by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO  One of the most revealing aspects of evaluating a dietary supplement manufacturer is an onsite audit. There is nothing quite like seeing the production processes with your own eyes to determine the quality of the manufacturer.